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The History of Poland Podcast

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For many episodes to come, we'll be exploring the rich history of Poland. From it's humble beginnings, we'll follow the people of Poland as they form their own unique cultural identity, rise into a great European power, cross paths with the Mongol Horde, save Europe from an Ottoman invasion, and do their best to keep their independence firm from one generation to the next.

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For many episodes to come, we'll be exploring the rich history of Poland. From it's humble beginnings, we'll follow the people of Poland as they form their own unique cultural identity, rise into a great European power, cross paths with the Mongol Horde, save Europe from an Ottoman invasion, and do their best to keep their independence firm from one generation to the next.

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By Harry Puchalski - Nov 15 2019
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Thanks for putting this podcast together, it’s a fun and easy way to learn more about Poland.

Awesome

By Gkpit08 - Jun 05 2019
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Informative, witty with humor! I learned a ton. Very well produced!!!

iTunes Ratings

140 Ratings
Average Ratings
131
6
1
1
1

Thank you

By Harry Puchalski - Nov 15 2019
Read more
Thanks for putting this podcast together, it’s a fun and easy way to learn more about Poland.

Awesome

By Gkpit08 - Jun 05 2019
Read more
Informative, witty with humor! I learned a ton. Very well produced!!!

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The History of Poland Podcast

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For many episodes to come, we'll be exploring the rich history of Poland. From it's humble beginnings, we'll follow the people of Poland as they form their own unique cultural identity, rise into a great European power, cross paths with the Mongol Horde, save Europe from an Ottoman invasion, and do their best to keep their independence firm from one generation to the next.

Warning: This podcast is a series podcast

This means episodes are recommended to be heard in order from the very start. Here's the 10 best episodes of the series anyway though!

Rank #1: Episode 1: Rats!

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We start with the legendary beginnings of the Polish state, face down an army of rats intent on exacting justice, and set the stage for entering the historical era.

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Mar 31 2017

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Rank #2: Episode 39: Get It Together Piasts

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The Piasts continue to fight with one another in what feels a lot like an interminably long civil war. This time, Henry the Bearded comes out on top, but will it last? And will there be repercussions for these short-sighted wars?

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May 11 2019

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Rank #3: Episode 2: Mieszko the First

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We jump from the legendary past into the era of recorded Polish history and meet up with a man named Mieszko, the first historical ruler of Poland. We'll join him as he establishes the original state of Poland, fights against the rascally nobleman Wichmann, and begins the process of converting Poland to Latin Christianity.

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Apr 13 2017

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Rank #4: Episode 38: Long-Term Consequences

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This may come as a surprise, but Poland is about to descend into civil war. All the while, there are incursions in Prussia, there’s a Mongol storm brewing in the East, and there are Teutonic Knights showing up to “help” fight all comers.

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May 06 2019

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Rank #5: Episode 14: Władysław's Family Troubles

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After meeting Władysław last time, we're going to continue with his life and times and examine what his rule looked like. Spoiler alert! It's not stable, peaceful, or idyllic. We'll meet up with his sons, Zbigniew and Bolesław III, his Count Palatine Sieciech, and his wives, Judith and Judith.

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Jan 07 2018

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Rank #6: Episode 25: Pomerania - Part Three

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The wars in Pomerania continue, with a special guest appearance: a rebellion!

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Jan 20 2019

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Rank #7: Episode 5: Adalbert's Demise

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Adalbert sets off towards Prussia where he meets some fellows who are not at all enthusiastic to see him or his companions. Not to spoil anything, but by the end of his trip I'm guessing that he wished he had brought along those guards Bolesław had lent him. 

Silver lining: The Congress of Gniezno is the result of Adalbert's missionary journey, which we'll also be covering this week.

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Jun 01 2017

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Rank #8: Episode 10: Collapse, Disintegration, and Restoration

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It's the 1030s and the Polish realm has collapsed following the death of Mieszko II, with nary a Piast on the throne to keep it knit together. The task of reunification is left to Mieszko's son, Casimir the Restorer. On his list is not only the reunification of a fragmented nation, but the need to crush a pagan uprising, and to take power without offending the foreign rulers that have been riding roughshod over Poland. 

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As for my special announcement/request at the end, to get in touch email me at historyofpolandpodcast@gmail.com or tweet at me @historyofpoland. Every one should let me know what they think, one way or the other.

Sep 19 2017

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Rank #9: Episode 40: The Mongols Have Arrived

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At long last, the Mongol Invasion of Poland has arrived. They sweep in from the east, leaving destruction in their wake. Will Poland make a successful stand? Find out in this episode! Also featuring Hospitallers from France, the Hungarian Army, the Cumans, the Teutonic Knights, and pretty much every one else playing a role in Eastern Europe Medieval politics.

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May 19 2019

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Rank #10: Episode 11: The Ascent of Bolesław II the Generous

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As part one of our series on the life and tempestuous times of Bolesław II, we'll dive into his ascent to power as the head of the Piast family in its continued rule over the Polish state, explore some Hungarian history, and see yet another Polish leader invade Kiev.

Also, if you're interested in supporting the show or finding out more about the upcoming mini-series on the origins of the Holy Roman Empire, visit our Patreon page here: patreon.com/historyofpolandpodcast

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Oct 07 2017

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Rank #11: Episode 26: Pomerania - Part Four

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Yes, yes, Pomerania dominates the headlines.* This time though, we’ll be approaching Pomerania through the eyes of a man named Otto. Specifically, one Otto of Bamberg.

*Headlines of 1100s, that is.

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Jan 26 2019

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Rank #12: Episode 34: A Rebellion, But Small

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It should come as a surprise to no one that Casimir the Just ends up in conflict with his brother, Mieszko the Old, once again. It should also come as no surprise that it was for what the professionals call, "a real dumb reason."

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Apr 07 2019

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Rank #13: Episode 13: Bolesław II’s Domestic Affairs and Deposition

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We're back to talk about Bolesław II’s domestic policies, infrastructure projects, unique fall from grace, excommunication, and talk through some of the myths and legends that surround the eventual fate of this former King of Poland. It'll be the last King we deal with for awhile, as Poland is going to go through some rough times. Enjoy it while it lasts!

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Dec 05 2017

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Rank #14: Episode 35 - Around and Around We Go

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Casimir is dead, so Mieszko the Old seizes the moment and puts himself in power. But it’s not permanent. But neither is the impermanence. I’ll be honest, this period in Polish history is a bit of a mess. But it’s our mess, so we’ll get through it together.

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Apr 14 2019

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Rank #15: Episode 24: Pomerania - Part Two

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As we continue in our series on Pomerania, we'll take a look at Poland's relationship to the early Crusades and how these northern lands factor into that equation.

We'll also say a fond farewell to Gallus Anonymous, who has been with us from the beginning. Thanks for the good times Gallus.

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Dec 11 2018

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Rank #16: Episode 3: The Baptism of Poland

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Mieszko continues to turn Poland from an Eastern Pagan state into a Western Christian state. It won't be perfectly smooth sailing, but by the end of his life Mieszko will have left his mark on both Poland and Europe. 

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May 16 2017

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Rank #17: Episode 22: A Closer Look at Repentance

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Farewell Zbigniew. Yes, in this episode we say goodbye to our old friend Zbigniew. But! Not before he undergoes some brutal treatment at the hands of his half-brother. Eastern European history is never boring!

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Oct 21 2018

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Rank #18: Episode 7: We Shall Pierce Your Fat Belly With a Pike

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Bolesław takes a break from his on-again, off-again war with the Holy Roman Empire to take up arms and invade the territory of the Kievan Rus. Along with his army, his mercenaries, and his ill-advised son-in-law Sviatapolk, Bolesław conquers the city of Kiev.

His reign doesn't last for long, but it's a memorable episode in Bolesław's life.

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Jun 18 2017

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Rank #19: Episode 15: Zbigniew's Many Troubles

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The Piast family has had a rough time of it lately. Władysław is an imperfect ruler (to say the least), Sieciech is undermining the entire dynasty, and the issue of succession is really making a mess of things.

Yet, of the entire cast I feel most sorry for Zbigniew. He didn't ask to be shipped off to a convent, put in charge of a rebellion, and cast aside like an unwanted child. Yet he was. 

Maybe things will improve for him this time? We'll see.

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Jan 14 2018

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Rank #20: Episode 12: Imperial Chaos, or The Investiture Controversy

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We're going to take a short break from following the life and times of Bolesław II the Generous and focus on what's happening in Europe in general. That means the Investiture Controversy between Emperor Henry IV of the Holy Roman Empire and Pope Gregory VII. It's not strictly related to Poland, but it does impact what's going to happen in Poland's near future.

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Oct 19 2017

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